276 HISTORY OF PERSIA Jask was fought on the 28th of December 1620. The English squadron comprised the London, the Hart, the Robucke and the Eagle. The Portuguese fleet consisted of " two Portingall gallions bigger than the London^ ?nd two Flemish Shipps, one much about the burthen of the Harty the other lesser than the Robucke or Eagle"* The writer of. the account continues : " About nine of (the) clocke, the Lord sending us apprettie easterlie gale, our fleete weighed and put all things in order for fight. The London and Hart anchored within a cables length and halfe from them upon their broadsides, and so indured the hottest burden of this second daies fight; for no sooner were they at anchor but that it fell calme and so continued all daie, in so much that the Robucke and Eagk) who, being somewhat asterne and steering nearer the shoare with intent to anchor, one upon the bowe of the Portugall admirall, and the other upon the bowe of the vice admirall, could not, notwith- standing all diligence used, come to doe anie service in halfe an houres space; and no sooner were wee within the levell range of our ordinance from them then that (not a breath of wind to bee felt and a current against us) wee were constrayned to anchor or drive further of. But our broadsides once brought up, the great ordinance from our whole fleete played so fast uppon them, that doubtlesse, if the knowledge in our people had beene answerable to their willing minds and readie resolutions, not one of these galliounes, unless their sides were impenetrable, had escaped us. About three of the clocke in the afternoone, unwilling after so hotte a dinner to receive the like supper, they cutte their cables and drove with the tide (then setting westerly) until they were without reach of our gunnes ; and then their frigatts came to them and towed them awaie wonder- fullie mangled and torne; for their admirall in the greattest furie of the fight was inforced to heeld his shippe to stoppe his leakes, his mainetopiuast overbord and the head of his mainemast The greatter Flemming both his topmasts and part of his bowspritt shotte awaie. 1 Tkt úngli& Factories i* In&a, 16*8-21, pp. 233^24.